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Get to know Midtown East

Midtown East may very well be the only neighborhood in Manhattan where you can look up and see the stars. Of course, you’ll likely be staring at the muralled ceiling of Grand Central, but what’s wrong with that? The historic Beaux-Arts train hall is positively gorgeous and is only one of several significant masterworks in Midtown East — a list that includes the Chrysler Building, Plaza Hotel, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and more. Along with its sibling to the west, Midtown East also encompasses the world’s largest central business district. However, there is plenty of living room among the grand architecture and business offices. Luxe co-ops and condos — themselves often housed in impressive, towering structures — are the dominant type of residence. Still, you’ll find low-rise apartments and even townhouses further east into the Turtle Bay and Sutton areas. With stunning skyline and riverside views — plus bountiful transit options — Midtown East is a hub for Manhattan’s action.

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Midtown East Commerce & Culture

There’s no shortage of activity around Midtown East. Fifth Avenue serves as the flagship residence for many international stores, particularly luxury goods brands. Plentiful shops have also staked a claim to Madison Avenue, especially over 59th Street into the Upper East Side. Barely across the neighborhood’s borders lay a diverse set of adored institutions. As the name suggests, the Museum of Modern Art exhibits an astounding array of modern art. Guarded by twin lion statues, the Main Branch of the New York Public Library is marvelous in its architecture, interior design, and breadth of collections. Rockefeller Center has you covered for even more shopping plus seasonal musts like the complex’s eponymous Christmas tree and famed ice skating rink. And from a greenspace perspective, you really can’t do much better than having Bryant Park at one corner of your boundaries and Central Park at the other.